What I Read: October 2018

September 2018 reads

September was a busy month, but I still found time to read. I read nine books including one re-read. My favorite of the month was Penance by Kanae Minato. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta Hall was a close second.

Here’s the complete list of what finished this month with my 1-sentence summary of each.

  1. Penance by Kanae MinatoRevenge is toxic and lasts a lifetime.

     

  2. She Was the Quiet One by Michele CampbellFancy boarding school kids are awful; toxic masculinity is part of fancy boarding schools. (Timely read? Yup.)

     

  3. The Humans by Matt HaigIf aliens send one of their own to impersonate a human, it’ll totally stress out the alien because humans are confusing and complicated and almost always illogical, but it’ll sure be funny.

     

  4. Choose Your Own Disaster by Dana SchwartzMemoirs about 20-somethings are hard to read if you are not a 20-something; being 40-something is way better (and also a choose-your-own-adventure format doesn’t work well in electronic books).

     

  5. Stand Firm: Resisting the Self-Improvement Crazy by Svend BrinkmannYou don’t have to be better; just be.

     

  6. Educated by Tara WestoverIf you thought your childhood was rough…

     

  7. Dear Committee Members by Julie SchumacherIt’s funny because it’s true: People in academia are all bonkers (self included).

     

  8. Doomsday Book by Connie WillisTime traveling to the Middle Ages is very interesting until you get the plague.

     

  9. Our Kind of Cruelty by Araminta HallA man who wants to believe he deserves the affections of a woman will continue to believe in spite of all evidence to the contrary. 

Happy reading in October!

4 thoughts on “What I Read: October 2018

    1. Oh, Penance is super creepy. I liked her other book better, but this one is good too. I really want to know what you think of Our Kind of Cruelty. I wanted it to end in a different way, but I can’t say what that is without ruining it! I’ll wait until you finish.

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      1. Jessica Meland

        I’ll email you once I’ve finished Our Kind of Cruelty with my thoughts! I’m planning to read Penance after Our Kind of Cruelty, it’s my month for spooky books!

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      2. That’s right. It is Spooky Reading Month! Our Halloween book this year is The Cabin at the End of the Woods by Paul Tremblay. I haven’t started yet, but it looks creepy. When you finish Our Kind of Cruelty, I’ll tell you how I wanted to change it (even though I absolutely get why the author ended it the way she did).

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